11/4/2011 1:54:33 PM
Many years ago, hobos rode the rails looking for work.
11/1/2011 10:34:46 PM
Mary took a short break from the last nice days of fall gardening to go on a trolley tour of historical homes and Civil War battlefield sites in Tuscumbia. Plus, the last bloom of the season.
10/28/2011 11:34:36 AM
What inspires you to live the farm life? Discover what new special delivery has us reflecting on our inspiration. Here we share why we chose to live the country life.
10/26/2011 10:58:46 PM
Exploring the beauty, history, and mystery of cemeteries.
10/17/2011 12:40:46 PM
A poem about the eerie whistle of a freight train.
10/17/2011 11:57:08 AM
A poem about the clickety-clack sounds of trains on the railroad tracks.
10/17/2011 11:47:20 AM
Adventure began when family boarded the wrong train.
10/17/2011 11:35:58 AM
When train blew its lonesome whistle, all the neighborhood children came running.
10/17/2011 11:22:20 AM
As children, we rode the train to and from school every day.
10/17/2011 10:21:44 AM
First memory is living on a hill that overlooked the old railroad tracks.
10/17/2011 10:15:45 AM
Children visited Grandma via passenger train travel.
10/17/2011 9:32:35 AM
Reasonable rates of passenger train travel allowed family to take a trip back home.
10/17/2011 8:58:28 AM
Riding the rails with son was unforgettable.
10/10/2011 3:48:43 PM
In the 1930s, riding the rails was an adventure to children.
10/10/2011 3:44:00 PM
Bride took advantage of passenger train travel so she could be with her groom.
10/10/2011 3:37:48 PM
Growing up in a railroad family brought perks.
10/10/2011 3:33:05 PM
While riding the rails, child had mishap with train window.
10/10/2011 3:26:24 PM
Grandmother was on train when it was robbed by the Dalton Gang.
10/10/2011 10:44:51 AM
An online farmers’ market succeeds in its convenience for customers and ability to function even in bad weather.
10/7/2011 2:55:09 PM
The importance of the crops and the history of the American agricultural landscape have shaped rural American heritage.
10/7/2011 2:40:49 PM
In this issue’s mail call, GRIT readers share stories about the benefits of 4-H, first-time canning and replacing sugar with honey.
10/7/2011 1:55:09 PM
Children who tour the National Ag Hall of Fame have the opportunity to discover where their favorite pizza ingredients come from.
10/6/2011 3:45:40 PM
In these sheep stories, a farmer and his wife struggle to keep their flock close to home. Their conclusion: It’s never easy keeping sheep.
10/6/2011 3:29:43 PM
The wreck of the Old 97 became the most famous train wreck in American history.
10/6/2011 3:12:32 PM
Lonesome whistle of the trains was common, everyday sound.
10/6/2011 3:08:17 PM
Became train enthusiast as a child.
10/6/2011 2:55:40 PM
Because father worked for railroad, riding the rails was free for family.
10/6/2011 2:50:30 PM
Children loved passenger train travel.
10/6/2011 2:46:49 PM
Passenger train travel was exciting to child.
10/6/2011 2:42:37 PM
When traveling the rails, there were always plenty of soldiers on trains.
10/6/2011 2:38:26 PM
Grandfather belonged to railroad family.
10/6/2011 2:34:34 PM
Will never forget experience of riding the rails.
10/6/2011 2:16:22 PM
Teenager spent weekends riding the rails to and from parents' home.
10/5/2011 4:54:28 PM
The raider that wasn't was one of the humorous pioneer stories told by woman's grandfather.
10/5/2011 4:34:19 PM
Travelers walking west stayed with family in woman's pioneer stories.
10/5/2011 4:09:08 PM
Visit from traveling shoemaker added news and gossip to pioneer stories.
10/5/2011 4:04:30 PM
Woman recalls fun gatherings, games and hospitality of pioneer days.
10/5/2011 4:00:04 PM
Claim shack dances were only one way settlers had fun in some pioneer stories.
9/30/2011 4:56:46 PM
Woman remembers family in covered wagon heading West, then returning with signs changed to busted.
9/30/2011 4:36:55 PM
Some settlers were unable to make it work in unfriendly country; head back East in covered wagons.
9/30/2011 4:31:01 PM
Neighbors provide team of horses for covered wagon so family can travel west.
9/30/2011 4:24:02 PM
December's cold had family asking to sleep in farm houses as they traveled by covered wagon to Missouri.
9/30/2011 4:19:17 PM
Severe cold prompted traveling homesteaders to vacate covered wagon for house's sitting room.
9/30/2011 4:08:04 PM
Woman helped out all the homesteaders who stopped for assistance.
9/30/2011 4:01:40 PM
Early settlers traveled by covered wagons, and no wayfarer was turned away hungry.
9/30/2011 3:09:52 PM
Girl remembers watching covered wagons, horses and Native Americans traveling past home heading to an Indian fair and dance.
9/30/2011 3:03:25 PM
Youngest child in family yearned to travel again by covered wagon.
9/30/2011 2:58:23 PM
Family's homestead was a world of wonder for children experiencing pioneer days.
9/30/2011 2:49:36 PM
Prairie dog towns were fun diversions for children on journey by covered wagon.
9/30/2011 2:43:50 PM
Seeing railroad tracks for the first time is only one memory from journey made by covered wagon.
9/30/2011 1:17:22 PM
Visit by President Hayes was cause for celebration; family travels to fair in old prairie schooner.
9/30/2011 1:05:59 PM
Memories of daily thrills on covered wagon journey are a joy for woman.
9/30/2011 12:59:52 PM
Childhood remembrances from pioneer days in Western Kansas are happy memories for woman.
9/30/2011 12:35:46 PM
Covered wagon took adventuring grandparents all over the Midwest during pioneer days.
9/30/2011 12:22:40 PM
When traveling by covered wagon, quiet interludes after supper were happy times before hardships hit.
9/30/2011 11:45:42 AM
People in prime of their lives found joy during pioneer days.
9/30/2011 10:52:30 AM
Woman remembers joy, light and color of pioneer days.
9/30/2011 10:44:19 AM
Neighbor returns from trip to Kansas, reports on new land.
9/30/2011 10:33:56 AM
Many items left behind after covered wagon was loaded with food and household goods.
9/30/2011 10:20:07 AM
Return trip in covered wagon more frightening to young girl than earlier journey.
9/30/2011 10:13:57 AM
Weather, overflowing MIssouri River were two variables in covered wagon journey.
9/30/2011 10:06:11 AM
River overflow causes swamp-like conditions that warranted careful manuvering of covered wagon.
9/30/2011 9:59:27 AM
Journey in covered wagon ends at large homestead and orchard filled with ripe apples.
9/29/2011 10:32:58 PM
It's finally Fall! We've been staying busy with all sorts of fall activites. Join us as we go through corn mazes, a pumpkin patch, hay ride, water pump duck races, and more!
9/29/2011 11:18:01 AM
The only transportation with any speed was passenger train travel.
9/29/2011 11:11:09 AM
Parents grew up in two different railroad towns.
9/29/2011 11:06:12 AM
Woman found love in a roundabout way while riding the rails.
9/29/2011 10:58:25 AM
Railroad towns, such as Cedar Rapids, Iowa, grew because of the train industry.
9/29/2011 10:50:52 AM
Train's lonesome whistle called to her as a child.
9/29/2011 10:22:38 AM
Old steam engines and livestock provided boy with job.
9/29/2011 10:12:31 AM
Railroad job opportunities provided grandfather with work.
9/29/2011 10:04:25 AM
Family met a cousin thanks to railroad industry and job opportunities.
9/29/2011 9:57:30 AM
Recalls first experience riding the rails as a child.
9/29/2011 9:46:56 AM
Parents told daughter how they watched trains go by their home in Oregon.
9/23/2011 4:37:18 PM
Listened to mournful sound of train's lonesome whistle every night at bedtime.
9/23/2011 4:32:36 PM
Railroad Stories: Lack of Passenger Train Travel in 1970s
9/23/2011 4:26:36 PM
Trains that ran old steam engines made awful crashing and banging sounds.
9/23/2011 4:18:42 PM
Main form of transportation during World War II was passenger train travel.
9/23/2011 4:13:54 PM
In southern Ohio town, railroad industry was important part of the economy.
9/18/2011 8:05:45 PM
Spending some time with the fam out on the farm.
9/16/2011 12:53:00 PM
Journey to Oklahoma in a covered wagon includes loss of money and difficult river crossing.
9/16/2011 12:42:23 PM
Crossing a river in covered wagon was an adventure.
9/16/2011 11:24:44 AM
Wagon tilts during river crossing, breaking stove and dumping baby into cold water.
9/16/2011 11:16:53 AM
Panicked ferryman shoves team and wagon filled with used farm implements and household goods into river.
9/16/2011 11:09:28 AM
Lead team of horses pulls out team and covered wagon floundering in stream.
9/16/2011 11:02:02 AM
Ice on Missouri River and flat boat in Illinois River gave woman pause during river crossings.
9/14/2011 4:53:54 PM
Transportation usually meant riding the rails.
9/14/2011 4:50:48 PM
Child loved riding the rails.
9/14/2011 4:47:17 PM
Some of the happiest recollections of chilhood involve riding the rails.
9/14/2011 4:42:31 PM
Passenger train travel finally happened for couple.
9/14/2011 4:36:46 PM
Vividly remembers riding the rails for the first time.
9/14/2011 4:33:32 PM
Fun and excitement found in passenger train travel.
9/14/2011 4:27:15 PM
Most travel consisted of riding the rails.
9/14/2011 4:20:12 PM
Child realized dream because of Katy Railroad crew.
9/14/2011 4:15:56 PM
Children used old railroad tracks as place to play.
9/14/2011 4:09:45 PM
Back in the day, railroad towns were found everywhere.
9/1/2011 12:26:20 PM
The lonesome whistle of a train was quite an experience for country kids.
9/1/2011 12:20:59 PM
Love for old steam engines began in boyhood.
9/1/2011 11:49:20 AM
Railroad Stories: Lived Next to Old Railroad Tracks
9/1/2011 11:43:58 AM
Steam engines ruled the rails, and their lonesome whistle blowing was always right on time.